It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, pumpkin spice lattes are on the Starbucks menu, and classes are starting up once again. I haven’t been enrolled in school for several years, but I still get giddy every time the beginning of a new school year rolls around. Everything just feels like it’s filled with so much potential! It’s like New Year’s Eve, except even better because it’s also fall!
Even if you’re not headed back to school this fall, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the school-supply action. I’ve found 31 of my very favorite back-to-school supplies (and a bunch of other handy gadgets) that I’d love to have in my everyday, adult, school-less life. Hope you enjoy!
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This Dotted Journal Is a Great Tool for Organizing Your Whole Life
Nothing says “new school year, new me” like a brand new journal. If you’re interested in keeping a bullet journal to stay organized, this is a great one to start with! It has a hard cover, a ribbon bookmark, and a small expandable pocket in the back for receipts, ticket stubs, and other trinkets. It also comes in several different colors — the yellow and green are my faves.
These Marker Pens Are Also a Must!
I actually have this exact same set for my own bullet journal (they’re literally right in front of me at this very moment) and can say with confidence that they’re super great. They come in an excellent variety of colors and won’t bleed through the pages. They also feel just like you’re writing with a pen, but have all the versatility of a marker.
This Dry Erase Calendar Is Great for Keeping Track of Assignments
I love that it’s black (instead of the standard white dry-erase style) — it really makes the colors pop! It’s magnetic, so you can hang it on your fridge or even inside your locker! This calendar also features extra wide spaces so you can fit everything in them — it’s always annoying when you have more to do than can fit on your calendar.
These Rose Gold Pens Are Classy AF
You can never have too many pens! Plus, these are so fancy and lovely; how could you not want to write every single note with them? And, of course, rose gold accents are super on trend right now. This listing is for a set of six pens. They come in a white gift box with tissue paper so they’d also make an excellent gift for someone who’s starting college, a teacher, a coworker…or yourself!
Use This Washi Tape Variety Pack to Decorate Your Life
It’s great for notebooks, journals, binders — pretty much anything that you want to add a little pizzazz to. You could even use it to decorate a filing cabinet or the inside of your locker — it’s easily removed and doesn’t leave any sticky residue behind. I’m super impressed that this is a set of 48 rolls for less than 7 bucks. What a deal, right?
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This Sticky Note Roller Is Both Handy and Quirky
Keep track of your assignments, make a note of tomorrow’s schedule, or let your roommates know you’re going out for dinner — with this handy roller, you can leave a note wherever. And it looks like it’s super fun to use, too. The paper roll is about two inches wide, just FYI. Imagine how cool you’ll look taking this thing out of your backpack to jot down a note. So cool.
The Thumb Thing Will Come in Handy While You’re Catching up on Your Reading
You’ve got plenty of reading to do — why not let the Thumb Thing help you out? With this easy-to-use gadget, you can use one hand to hold your book open and the other to take notes. Brilliant! The device fits easily over your thumb and does most of the work for you while you’re sitting, standing, or reclining in bed. It’s available in multiple sizes so you can be sure to get the right one for you.
This Correction Tape Is Super Adorable
It’s kind of like washi tape that you can apply in any shape just by dragging the pen across the page. Look at those cute designs! Use it to add fun borders to your journal pages or to decorate your planner. You could also use it to add a fun design to an envelope before you send it out in the mail. This listing is for one dispenser and four interchangeable rolls of tape, each with a different adorable design.
This Retractable Eraser Is Also Super Cute
Everybody makes mistakes. That’s why erasers are always handy to have around. Just pop the eraser up (kinda like a retractable pen) and go to town erasing! This is great for people who tend to wear out the erasers in their pencils long before the pencil is done. And, it’s those fancy white erasers you always see on mechanical pencils. They’re the best!
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These Earphones Come with a Macaron Carrying Case
I mean…’nough said, right? I love the color scheme and I love macarons, so this is definitely going on my “need for school” list. The adorable carrying case is also pretty brilliant — in addition to having a great design, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and will also keep the cord from tying itself into a bunch of knots.
These Mechanical Pencils Are Very Stylish
If you prefer to work in pencil, you’re probably already aware of how great mechanical pencils can be — you never have to get up from your desk to sharpen them! These ones have a very chic look and color scheme. This listing is for a set of 8 pencils and you can choose whether you prefer 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead (it’s included, of course!).
And You Can Put Them All in This Pencil Pouch!
Although it’s small enough to fit in your purse or backpack, this pencil pouch can hold a bunch of pencils — up to 50, according to the listing. You can also use it to store other supplies like scissors, headphones, notecards, or whatever else you may need throughout your day. It’s available in a few different colors and also has a handy wrist strap for easy transport.
This Mechanical Pencil Lead Comes in Rainbow Colors!
Mechanical pencils are great, but mechanical pencils that write in every color of the rainbow? That’s on a whole ‘nother level.
Transform your run-of-the-mill mechanical pencils into rainbow writers with these colored lead refills. They are 2.0mm each and work with any pencil that takes that size of lead. The oil-based leads write smoothly, last longer than standard lead, and are break resistant.
These Expanding File Folders Will Organize All Your Docs
They’re way more stylish than the standard manila folders you’re probably used to using. They also feature a handy snap closure to keep anything from falling out. Use them transport important documents, organize worksheets, or (if you’re not using them for school), keep track of bills. This listing is for a three pack, but two packs are also available!
This Sunrise Alarm Clock Is Ideal for Anyone with Morning Classes
Rather than waking up to a blaring alarm, you can wake up with the sunrise…kind of. This alarm clock features a warm LED light that gradually becomes brighter and brighter over the course of 30 minutes so you can wake up in a more natural way. It also has a sleep timer with a sunset simulator that gradually dims the room so you can use it to fall asleep. And you can use it as a night light!
These Binder Clips Are Sure to Put You in a Good Mood
I’m pretty sure these binder clips could even make me smile on a Monday morning. This listing is for 216 clips total! You can clip so many things with that many clips!
I personally like that the smiley faces aren’t just printed on or stickers; they’re actually punched out from the clips themselves. And there are four different kinds of smiles, too! That way you can pick the one that best fits your mood. I’m feeling most like the blue one, today.
If You’ve Never Used a Palomino Blackwing Pencil, The Time Is Now
Palomino Blackwings are the favorite pencil of editors, writers, cartoonists, musicians, and other artists — and have been since they were first created in the 1930s. (They’re also my personal favorite, so there’s that too!)
They’re made from Californian cedar and premium Japanese graphite, and let me tell ya — they smell incredible. If you are going to invest in some Blackwings, I also recommend picking up the sharpener that’s meant for them. It has a unique two-step sharpening process that gives you a perfect point every single time.
A Lap Desk Makes Your Work More Portable
If you don’t have a desk to work at (or just don’t feel like sitting at your desk alllll the time), a lap desk is a great option. Use it to hold your computer, notebooks, or other work right on your lap. That way, you can take advantage of your comfy couch or favorite chair but still feel super productive. This one has a removable pad for comfort and a built-in handle for easy portability. It’s available in several different colors, too.
This Dry Erase/Cork Board Is Two Useful Tools in One!
Wanna leave a note? Write it on the dry erase board. Wanna keep a flyer handy? Stick it on the cork board side! It’s pretty great. This board also comes with adhesive pads that you can use for easy hanging without having to put any nails into your wall. It can be hung either vertically or horizontally, and it comes with a dry-erase marker and magnet accessories.
No School Year Is Complete Without an Electric Pencil Sharpener
You’ve lived long enough to know that you don’t have to waste time sharpening your pencil with one of those chintzy plastic things. They don’t always work great, plus they leave behind a huge mess. This baby will make quick work of your dull pencils. It also has a giant, high-capacity shavings tray so you won’t have to clean it out as often as other models typically require.
This Stapler Doesn’t Actually Use Staples!
Instead, it cuts a tab-and-loop-style closure that holds a stack of papers together. Never having to buy staples again? Yes, please. You’ll also never accidentally put a staple through the paper shredder! And you don’t have to remove staples before recycling! This little gadget has a lot going for it. I also just love the cheery color of the green one (but it’s also available in white, blue, and pink.
This Backpack Is Stylish and Full of Pockets
You should never underestimate the importance of getting a good backpack for the school year. After all, you’re going to be carrying that thing around every single day! Use it to store everything from your textbook to your lunch. This backpack features a generously sized main compartment and several pockets to keep everything stored and organized. It even has a dedicated sleeve that’d be perfect for holding your tablet.
I really love this aquamarine color, but it comes in several others, so there’s definitely one that’ll match your personal style!
This Desk Lamp Will Shed Some Light on Your Life
Reduce eye strain and enjoy the funky modern look of this cool lamp all at once! You can bend the “stem” into whatever angle works best for you. This lamp is also dimmable — use the touch-sensitive control switch to adjust between the three different preset brightness levels.
It can either be powered via USB or charged up and used away from the USB port. After it’s charged, it can provide up to 15 hours of light.
This Pencil Cup Provides a Classy Home for Your Writing Utensils
I mean, yeah, you could just pop your pens and pencils into any ol’ cup you have lying around, but wouldn’t you rather store them in a shiny gold work of art? Of course you would. This one adds an air of sophistication to any desktop. It’s the perfect option for decluttering your workspace and feeling more relaxed any time you sit down to get your homework done.
This Phone Stand Will Keep Your Phone at a Convenient Angle
When you’re working, it can be easy to get sucked into checking your phone whenever a notification pops up. With this stand, all it takes is a glance — and then you can get right back to work. I have a phone stand very similar to this one on my own desk, and I truly think it makes me more productive. This one leaves space for your charger in case you need to charge your phone or tablet at your desk. It’d also be great for holding a tablet up while displaying a recipe if you’re looking for something to use in your kitchen!
Nerdwax Keeps Your Glasses from Slipping Down Your Nose!
Yes, really! Apply a super thin layer to the nosepiece on your glasses and you won’t have to deal with pushing them up all dang day. Nerdwax was featured on an episode of Shark Tank (which is enough to make me want it, personally). A single tube of the stuff lasts between six and eight months (depending on how often you apply it). A single application lasts between four and six hours!
This Cube Timer Will Help You Stay Focused
This timer is one of the most clever things I think I’ve ever seen. All you have to do is flip the cube so the desired time is on the top and it immediately starts counting down. This would be a great tool for keeping kids focused on homework or other tasks. It’s much simpler than having to crank an old-school timer or opening up your phone every single time you want to time something.
A Laminator Will Keep Your Important Papers Safe
This desktop laminator costs less than $30! Use it to protect recipe cards, turn calendar pages into dry-erase surfaces, or take your report cover to the next level. All you have to do is put your document into the plastic laminator sheet envelope, then run it through the machine. It only takes a couple seconds and you’re left with a professional quality lamination job. (This is especially handy for any teachers who are headed back to school and who don’t want to have to deal with that giant laminator at school!)
Wite-Out Correction Tape Is a Must (Unless You’re Perfect)
This style of correction tape is way easier to use than the old school paint-on stuff. Simply drag it across the error and wait a few seconds for it to dry. Then, you can write on it and carry on with your life. This listing is for a pack of four tape dispensers, so you can keep one at home, one at work, and maybe even put one in your car! The translucent dispenser allows you to see how much correction tape is left so you don’t have to worry about running out.
These Cute Thumbtacks Will Make Your Cork Board Look Pretty
And isn’t that what you really want? These things can even make bills look cute!
This pack of 80 different push pins features eight different fashionable designs. They’re made with sturdy steel and have a sharp point that can easily be inserted into even the densest corkboards. Use them to hold up maps (and mark places on them!), photos, schedules, coupons, bills, flyers — anything you want to keep on display!
This Ruler Is Clear for Easy Measuring
All rulers should be clear. Why do they even make non-clear rulers? This one has a beveled edge for especially easy use. I use a ruler much like this one to make templates in my planner, as well as for crafting purposes. Whether you’re using it to measure the length of something or just as a guide for drawing a super straight line, this ruler is exactly what you’re looking for.